compulsiveness

compulsive

[kuhm-puhl-siv]
adjective
1.
compelling; compulsory.
2.
Psychology.
a.
pertaining to, characterized by, or involving compulsion: a compulsive desire to cry.
b.
governed by an obsessive need to conform, be scrupulous, etc., coupled with an inability to express positive emotions.
noun
3.
Psychology. a person whose behavior is governed by a compulsion.

Origin:
1595–1605; obsolete compulse v. (< Latin compuls(us), past participle of compellere; see compulsion) + -ive

compulsively, adverb
compulsiveness, compulsivity [kuhm-puhl-siv-i-tee, kom-puhl-] , noun
noncompulsive, adjective
noncompulsively, adverb
quasi-compulsive, adjective
quasi-compulsively, adverb
uncompulsive, adjective
uncompulsively, adverb

compulsive, impulsive, impetuous (see synonym study at impetuous).
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compulsive (kəmˈpʌlsɪv)
 
adj
1.  relating to or involving compulsion
 
n
2.  psychiatry an individual who is subject to a psychological compulsion
 
com'pulsively
 
adv
 
com'pulsiveness
 
n

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compulsive
c.1600, from L. *compulsivus, from pp. stem of compellere (see compel). Psychological sense is from 1902. As a noun, attested from 1630s; psychological sense from 1957. Related: compulsively (c.1600).
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compulsive com·pul·sive (kəm-pŭl'sĭv)
adj.
Caused or conditioned by compulsion or obsession. n.
A person with behavior patterns governed by a compulsion.

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